Sept. 14, 2021

A Spoonful of "sugar"???

A contemptuous scrolling on social media drove me to an ad that called my attention. This sponsored ad, which was trying to sell a serial-killer-torture-device-like artifact, an earwax remover, made me think about old remedies. 

In this episode, we talk about old-timey remedies, some of which caused more damage before solving anything at all. We explore these old-fashioned advertisements, some of which we can still find in some hospitals. We also look at some of these practices still used in today's medicine, believe it or not. 

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • You shouldn't put anything bigger than your elbow in your ears (2:03)
  • The lollypop that takes you on a delicious trip (5:45)
  • Mrs. Winslow's soothing syrup (6:15)
  • When remedies cause bigger damage than the one they were trying to fix (8:01)

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